The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is an absolutely gorgeous machine. The problem is: It is absolutely expensive too. Which is why it’s so great that Apple came out with the Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. In most ways, it’s exactly like it’s 15-inch cousin except for the price. A true apples-to-apples comparison isn’t possible (because of some processor and others specs) but, generally, you can expect to save about $500 by getting the MacBook Pro with the two-inches-shorter retina display.
Moreover, the 13-inch Macbook Pro has an even better retina display than the 15-inch model. That’s because its 2,560 x 1,600 pixels are stuffed into a smaller area. Add to that a pair of Thunderbolt ports, a 2.5GHz i5 processor, two USB 3.0 ports and a full sized HDMI port, all stuffed into a body that’s 20% thinner and a pound lighter than the 13-inch model it is replacing and you might have the best value MacBook Pro ever. Prices start around $1,630.
Any woman can head out for a night out wearing Chanel No. 5, Shalimar or a generic eau de toilette. But what about an eau de sushi? Or eau de caramel? Or eau de dirt or Crayon or cotton candy or glass cleaner or pipe tobacco? You’ll find those and many more unusual scents sold by Demeter Fragrances.
Your cuff links will always have Paris. Or, at least the Paris metro. That’s because the stainless steel Paris Metro Cuff sports a matte-finish map of the French capital’s subway system. It’s a vondrous gift for Francophiles — or for those lost in the Paris underground. Available in light violet and black through AHAlife. $37
Amazon recently unveiled its new line of Kindle Fire HD tablets. One of the new models in particular caught our eye: the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.6″ 4G LTE Wireless. Unlike with an Apple iPad, for which a wireless data plan costs $20~30 per month, 4G data plans for the Kindle Fire start at $50 for an entire year! And the tablet itself costs a few hundred dollars less than an iPad. So you’ll have lots of extra money left over to buy movies and eBooks to enjoy on the Fire’s vibrant new HD screen. $499
We pity da fool who doesn’t like the Mr. T Tea For One tea pot and cup set. For more of B.A. Baracus’s mohawked mug (pun!) frowning back at you, consider pairing the tea set with a Mr T teabag holder. Both are creations of one Mr. Lenny Mud, who sells his pop culture-rich housewares on Etsy. Among his collection: a Star wars Storm Trooper leftovers bowl, a Dr. Who mug and the Lionel Ritchie cheese platter pictured below.